WOOD COUNTY, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Specialists in Wood County conducted a study during the fall semester, tracking mask implementation and COVID-19 numbers across 17 schools and more than five thousand students and teachers.
Of the students and staff monitored, 191 tested positive for COVID-19. However, just seven of those cases were tied back to the in-school transmission.
Teachers also reported more than 92 percent student mask compliance. One of the results found by the study is schools boasted a 37 percent lower transmission rate than the communities where they’re located during the 13-week period.
Dr. Amy Falk, Pediatrician at Aspirus Doctors Clinic said, “I think it’s very clear that schools are not the issue because no matter what the community is doing schools are able to do things like hand washing, mask-wearing, some degree of distancing and I think the CDC’s guidance on those types of things is going to change in time, I think those of us that have been in-person and working towards that can help change the narrative there.”
Dr. Falk adds while returning to in-person learning is a personal decision that holds different variables from family to family, studies from last semester show a school’s ability to consistently keep students and staff as safe as possible.